Powerball Envy in Alaska
No lottery in our state, but there are bingo and pull-tabs
ANCHORAGE - Wednesday, the Powerball jackpot might make one or a few Americans millionaires. The jackpot is $550 million, and no matter how you slice it, that is a magnificent, life-changing amount of money.
Over 40 states will participate, but Alaska won't be one of them. Alaska is just one of seven states that has no state-sponsored lottery, and it would take a vote by the legislature to change that.
It's a small consolation, but Alaskans can still try their luck at bingo or pull-tabs. In pull-tabs, the maximum prize for a ticket is $500.
Winning a couple of hundred bucks won't change your life, but the owner/operator of Rippie King discussed what pull-tab winners might do with their prize money. He says unlike Powerball winners, their splurges will be prety small. "Now i can go buy groceries, or I'm going to go pay off a bill or something like that. Anything you would do if you found an extra 20 bucks in your pocket," he said.